Simon Smith’s weekly weather discussion

Wednesday , Feb. 7
A slight chance of valley rain and mountain snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s with mid to upper 20s around 5000 feet. Highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s with lower to mid 30s around 5000 feet.

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9
.Locally windy and cooler with a chance of rain or snow. Lows in the 20s all elevations. Highs in the lower to mid 30s with mid 20s around 5000 feet.

Saturday, Feb. 10
Dry. Lows in the teens to lower 20s with lower 20s around 5000 feet. Highs in the 30s with upper 20s around 5000 feet.
In-depth weather discussion for Northwest Montana/Rockies

Issued Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
A very warm, and in some cases record warm day on Saturday will give way to more unsettled condi-tions on Sunday with much cooler conditions becom-ing more widespread and the return of snow in many areas as well. Many areas saw temperatures well into the 50s today with the exception of mountain areas. Colder air is knocking on the doorstep though of lo-cations such as Eureka, Rexford and Trego as colder air is beginning to creep into those areas from the north and east which should provide locations in much of Lincoln County above 2500 feet with some snow tonight into tomorrow and possibly into Mon-day as well. There may be some gusty easterly winds at times in those same areas which may help some of the snow to blow around effectively. As we go through the week, general northwest flow will domi-nate but a stronger system looks to move in on Thursday, which has been advertised now for the past several runs of the GFS and now the Canadian and EC models are stronger with it than the GFS. If the latter two models are correct, and I suspect they are, then widespread snowfall and colder tempera-tures are likely during that time frame with the cold-er temperatures likely to continue into next weekend so as always, make sure you check back often.